Guam – Jury deliberations have begun in a case where a bar fight led to fatal injuries.
Antonio R. Arriola, faces charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault. According to court documents, he struck the victim, Paul Nakumura, in the head with a beer mug in November 2016, causing Nakumura to lose consciousness and sending him to the hospital.
According to Lead Prosecutor Jeremiah Luther, that strike ultimately led to the death of Nakumura two months later on January 11, 2017.
While the defense contends that Arriola struck Nakumura with his knuckles and not the mug, the government argues that the injuries the victim sustained are consistent with being struck by a mug.
Luther pleaded with the jury to look at the damage which was caused internally referring to a CT scan which detailed a large crack on the right side of Nakumura’s head and a sub-dermal hematoma.
With closing arguments concluded, it is now up to the jury to weigh the evidence to determine the fate of Arriola.